What’s one article or book you found particularly influential and have gone back to multiple times to review?
— Mike Acton (@mike_acton) August 21, 2012
Recently I’ve found myself returning to Anne Bogart’s A Director Prepares multiple times for thoughts related to direction of live theater, which I’ve found to be extremely relevant to game development. It’s a book I’ve recommended now many times!
The conversation from Twitter:
@mike_acton Steve McConnell’s Rapid Development is one.
@mike_acton Not really an article but the Arkham Asylum DICE talk by Sefton Hill was great. Second (for me) is Ed Catmull’s Stanford talk.
@mike_acton Game Feel by @SteveSwink is the one design book I always keep at work for reference & inspiration.
@mike_acton What kind of topic are you looking for?
@mike_acton Edsger Dijkstra’s Turing Lecture
@Stitched @mike_acton I wish I liked the second game. Too complex.
@mike_acton Realtime Rendering <all versions> http://t.co/jdX7kPpl
@pixelmager @mike_acton Computer Graphics Principles and Practice. Foley. van Dam et al might be old but stuff worth a place on the shelf
@pixelmager @mike_acton Blinn’s Through the graphics pipeline (and 2 others), I lost my set years ago and often still want to refer to bits.
@mike_acton Nothing in the last 5-6 years. Most things things just get a single read (if that).
@mike_acton I take it back. The last one for me was @gafferongames timestep article http://t.co/alH6FJva (and network articles too).
@mike_acton Good question. I know two books that I will re-read and that is “The Pragmatic Programmer” and “Thinking and Leaning”
@mike_acton Also Mick West’s latency articles http://t.co/yPAb7vqH
@mike_acton One of my favorites is “The Pragmatic Programmer” by Hunt & Thomas.
@noel_llopis @mike_acton Looking forward to finishing this game so I can write more articles. Way too busy but I have a lot of material :)
@mike_acton Abrash’s Black Book. Far beyond the graphics content I think it really nails the mindset required when optimizing code.
@DeanoC @pixelmager Haven’t referred to the Foley & van Dam for years, now that I think of it. May need to flip it open again just to see.
@rupazero No particular topic. Just curious. I think a person’s choice says a lot. :)